Dogs major threat to new lambs
WITH two-and-a-half million lambs due to be born on Irish farms in the next three months, farmers are warning people to lock up their dogs at night to prevent savage injuries.
To mark the first day of spring and the official start of the lambing season yesterday, the Irish Farmers' Association launched an ad campaign to warn dog owners of their responsibilities under the Control of Dogs Act, which makes it an offence if they let their pet worry livestock.
IFA sheep farmers' leader James Murphy also pointed out that farmers were entitled "to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their sheep flocks against marauding dogs on their lands".
As well as savage injuries, dog attacks could also result in longlasting damage to the flock.